Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Michael Jackson Cookies


I tried to get creative with the title, I really did, but it just wasn't coming to me.  So instead you get the most boring title ever.  Mr. John thought "You've been hit by a smooth cookier" was a good idea.  :D  If you have any ideas for optional titles, I'd love to hear them.

Unless I get crazy and decide to pull out some New Years cookies, I think these are the last cookies of 2011.  I made these for a lady who makes me watch scary movies, who orders thai food for me at restaurants, and who is basically an incredible person (even though she's never eaten one of my cookies because she doesn't eat wheat); Angela.  Her co-worker was promoted so she had me make some cookies for him of things he loves.  She told me two things:  Michael & Jackson. 

Actually she told me Michael Jackson and Dallas Cowboys, but I don't want to promote the Cowboys in any way :D  In fact, I'm going to go cross out all the references above about said football team.  Against my better judgement I made those blue atrocities and sent them on their way.  ahem... back to the cookies at hand:

I was singing Michael's songs the whole time I was painting these cookies and I did a pretty mean moonwalk in the kitchen as I boxed these babies up.  I also couldn't resist doing this:

 and I will leave with you that disturbing image.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

 What an incredible year it has been!  I am so blessed by the new friends and inspiration I've found through blogging.  This year was full of discoveries for me.  I discovered cookies as a canvas and it has changed the way I think.  I have discovered lots of new friends who cheer me on and give so much encouragement it boggles my mind. 

I look back at this year when I created my Arty McGoo facebook page specifically as a defining moment.  It asks you to classify yourself.  There were several options that I contemplated like: personal blog and food.  I saw the option of "artist" but I shied away from it.  I can't call myself that!  I almost chose personal blog, but something made me click that scary word instead.  ARTIST. . .  you know what happened?  Nobody laughed!  Nobody sent me an email asking me to rescind my decision.  Nobody told me that they actually were an artist and that it offended them that I used that term for myself.  Someone DID ask me if I had an art degree and it scared me for about a half a second until I realized it was a compliment and not a verification of my status. 

You know what else happened?  People started "liking" my page!  They started commenting on my creations on facebook and here on my blog!  People started calling me an ARTIST!  People I admire and looked to for inspiration were admiring MY work!  What a thrill!  (Have I used enough exclamation points to illustrate the fact that all of these things excited me?!!!!  and continue to excite me?!! )

I just wanted to say:  THANK YOU!  I realize how lucky I am.  I'm just a girl (so I'm 33, but who's counting?!) who has a passion for painting on cookies but never imagined that would be of interest to anybody else.  I so appreciate every comment and email I get and I love being able to answer questions for people who are trying out this painting on cookies adventure with me.  It really touches me to think I might have inspired someone!

Someone asked me the other day "What do you do?" and you know what I told them (with only a trace of trepidation)?  "I am an artist."

I can't wait to see what next year brings.  I am full of hope and ideas and excitement for things to come.  I hope you can find beauty and meaning in your family gatherings and traditions as you celebrate this year.  We celebrate Christmas so I made these Christmas greeting cookies, but I also wish you a very Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and hope they are magical!  See you next year!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Days of Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
I made these cookies for the lovely Shannon who won my 1000 facebook friend giveaway.  She is so sweet and when I asked her what she wanted me to cookie for her she told me I could do anything I wanted, but she'd like them to be Christmasy.  I'd been thinking about doing 12 days of Christmas cookies for a while so this was a perfect opportunity since she won a dozen cookies.  Coincidence?  I think not!  I had so much fun painting these.  Until I did these cookies I never realized it's almost half birds and half people. 

I'm not exactly Shannon's true love, but I did send her:
  • 12 drummers drumming
  • 11 pipers piping
  • 10 lords a leaping
  •   ladies dancing
  •   maids a milking
  •   swans a swimming
  •   geese a laying
  • 5   GOLDEN RINGS!
  • 4   calling birds
  • 3   french hens
  •   turtle doves 
  • and a partridge in a pear tree!
  I hope you are thoroughly enjoying this beautiful season and taking the time to really celebrate Christmas.  I guess what I'm saying is take time to smell the roses poinsettias, notice if the birds are partidges or french hens, and appreciate the people around you whether they are maids, drummers, or leaping lords.  There is a special spirit this time of year, don't forget to stop and feel it!



 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I Make Stuff

I'm having a particularly lazy Saturday today and I didn't want to ruin it by doing anything productive, but I still wanted to accomplish something.  That's when I decided to finally change out of my pajamas and pull on some jeans.  That oughta do it!

I know the next couple of days and weeks are going to get crazy so I didn't want to use up this one precious Saturday to do anything really useful.  That's when I remembered a thought I've been playing around with for a while.  It wasn't even my thought originally so it still qualifies as an acceptable activity for my lazy Saturday.  Several months ago my friend Callye from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle (the most amazing blog in the universe) suggested I make a cookie of my blog header.  I thought it was a hilarious idea and filed it away for a day just like today.

I grabbed a leftover cookie and I got to work painting.  myself.  on a cookie.
Okay, so now that I type that I realize this must be the most self-involved post possible.
But, hey!  That's what a lazy Saturday is all about.  I think I'll round out my self-centered/ lazy day eating a cookie of myself and painting my toenails!  Good day to you sir!

 





P.S. a little more self-centeredness action:  I made a button for my blog if you'd like to grab it.  I'm too lazy today to post it here, but it should be somewhere over there...  yeah over there to the right.  And of course it's a picture of what else? ME!

P.s.s. I'm totally going to make up for all this self-centered/laziness today and host a giveaway.  I should have it all figured out once I'm done being lazy.

P.s.s.s.  Thank you Callye for giving me the idea and thank you Stephanie Kappel who did a self-portrait cookie recently that showed me it could be done awesomely!  (click the links to go to their facebook pages.  they will rock your socks)

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Hills are ALIVE!

With the Sound of Music! 

My friend Carey... (I just realized I know at least 5 Carries with almost all different spellings)  Anywho...  My theatrically inclined friend Carey, (that still describes several of my Carries!) who shared the stage with me in Annie (that STILL describes 2 of my Carries!) recently told me the great news that her daughter had gotten the lead in her school play!  Not just any lead, THE lead in THE best musical of all TIME!  Katey got the role of Maria in The Sound of Music.  So to celebrate her opening night, Carey had me make a set of Sound of Music cookies for the whole cast.

Since this is one of my all-time favorite movies you can imagine how excited I was.  If ever there was a movie that needed to be cookie'd this was it!  While making these cookies I also got the strongest urge to watch the movie, which made me realize how long it had been since I'd seen it last.  Mr. John and I got cozy with the kids and immersed ourselves in the lederhosen-wearing clan's story.  Can anybody watch that movie without bursting into song???  It was so fun to introduce the kids to this classic.  They absolutely adored it, though they did have nightmares about Nazis that night.

So without further ado, or should I say adieu?  Here's what I came up with:
How do you solve a problem like Maria?



Most of the cookies
So much fun to make!
On that note:  So long, farewell.  I leave and heave a sigh and say "Goodbye!"
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